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Get Crafty at a Winery This Holiday Season

You could grab some friends and go have a glass of wine at a local bar – again. Or, you could grab those friends, have a glass of wine and create some holiday decorations you made yourself. Doesn’t that sound like a nice change of pace? These small wineries across the U.S. offer guided craft classes, complete with the ability to sip while you craft. Make your reservations as soon as possible – these fun events often sell out.

Wine Glass Painting at Laurita Winery, New Egypt, NJ

Create your own original artwork on not one but two wine glasses – one for you and one to share with a friend. You’ll be given everything you need, including step-by-step instructions, to turn wine glasses into Santa and one of his elves.

  • Where: Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ
  • When: Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
  • Tickets: $35 online; $45 at the door, includes one glass of wine

Holiday Wreath Making at Labelle Winery, Portsmouth, NH

Take a breather during this hectic time of year for some relaxing wreath making in the winery cellar. Create your own beautiful evergreen wreath that you can hang in your home or maybe give away as a hostess gift. Instructors will give directions, provide tips and offer suggestions. Wreath rings, tools, wire, mountain laurel, white pine and eastern hemlock will all be provided along with winter berries, and you’re welcome to bring some of your own natural elements to include, too.

  • Where: Labelle Winery, 104 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • When: Sunday, December 3, 10 am or 1 pm
  • Cost: $30, wine available at an additional cost

Grapevine Snowman Wreath Making at Vineyard View Winery, Keuka Park, NY

Bring a little bit of the vineyard into your home by turning vines into an amazing wreath snowman. You’ll paint the wreaths and add embellishments while an instructor walks you through the whole process. To make it a little more snazzy, bring your own string of white lights to wrap around your snowman.

  • Where: Vineyard View Winery 2971 Williams Hill Road, Keuka Park, NY
  • When: Wednesday, November 22, 6 pm – 8 pm (registration required by November 20)
  • Cost: $30, wine available at an additional cost

Wood Sign Painting at Summerset Winery, Indianola, IA

Customize a wooden sign just the way you want it when Gena’s Designs of the Heartland guides you through the steps to make a 12×12 inch piece of art. Sign style and design are chosen in advance so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be bringing home with you to brighten your decor.

  • Where: Summerset Winery, 15101 Fairfax Street, Indianola, IA
  • When: Wednesday, December 6, 6pm – 8pm
  • Cost: $65, includes one glass of wine

Cork Ornaments at Cougar Vineyard, Temecula, CA

Sip, nibble & craft away while creating holiday ornaments out of wine corks. Bring home something special to hang on the tree and something stuff in someone’s stocking – you can make several cork ornaments during this event.

  • Where: Cougar Vineyard, 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, CA
  • When: Wednesday, December 13, 4pm – 6pm
  • Cost: $15 wine club members, pre-paid; $18 non-wine club members, pre-paid; $20 at door if still available, includes one glass of wine and light snacks

Slate Painting at Chateau Bu-De, Chesapeake City, MD

No experience is necessary to creating a beautiful painting on slate to add to your holiday and winter decor. During this festive evening, you’ll be guided through the steps necessary to paint a winter scene that will make you look like a professional artist. All supplies needed to finish your slate that evening will be supplied.

  • Where: Chateau Bu-De, 237 Bohemia Manor Lane, Chesapeake City, MD
  • When: Friday, December 8, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
  • Cost: $50, includes one glass of wine

Snowman Wood Pallat Painting at Benigna’s Creek Winery, Klingerstown, PA 

Let everyone know ‘There’s snowplace like home” with this folksy wood pallat painting of a cheerful snowman.  Graphic designer and artist Connie Higgins leads painters through the process step-by-step. Even if you’ve never painted before, your artwork will come out looking like a masterpiece.

  • Where: Benigna’s Creek Winery, 1585 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, PA
  • When: Friday, December 1, 7 pm -9:30 pm
  • Cost: $37, includes wine tasting and snacks

 

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Raise a glass to New York City’s 5th Annual Champagne Week

It’s not difficult to find Champagne any night of the week in New York City, but during New York Champagne Week, it’s almost as if the bubbles find you. This year Champagne Week turns five, and anyone can join in the celebration from November 6-11. So grab a glass or an entire bottle and find the fizzy fun at one of these events.

New York Champagne Week-Long Public Events

The Vine NYC at Kimpton Hotel Eventi (851 6th Ave) hosts a Champagne by the glass menu throughout the week featuring Champagnes by Boizel, Bulle De Rêve, Devaux, Jacquart and La Caravelle, plus a special 5th Birthday New York Champagne Champagne Cocktail will be served up all week long.

East Village hot spot Martina Pizzeria (198 E 11th St) invites guests to grab a pie and one of the many half bottles of bubbly on the menu.  Champagne Laculle by the glass will also be on the available as long as the supply lasts.

Late nights, hit Corkbuzz (13 E 13th St), New York Champagne’s die hard unofficial late night spot for the entire week. From 10 pm till close get your fizz fix at a steal with half price bottles of bubbly.

New York Champagne Week Individual Events

Bubbles & Beats at Giulietta’s Cantina Club (13 Carmine St) will have special Champagne flights and food pairings, plus they’ll have their infamous Chambongs. Wednesday, November 8 from 7 pm–11 pm. Price: Pay as you go.

Bourbon & Bubbles at Bottle Rocket Wine & Spirit (5 W 19th St) bring together a match made in heaven – Bourbon and Champagne. Join Hudson Whiskey’s National Brand Ambassador Han Shan and New York Champagne Week Founder Blaine Ashley as they host an in-store tasting party. Thursday, November 9 from 5pm-8pm. Price: Free.

Fromage & Fizz at Bedford Cheese Shop ( 67 Irving Pl)  Five types of real deal Champagne perfectly paired with 5 types of cheeses – the perfect French indulgence. Friday, November 10 from 7pm-8:30. Price: $85. Call 718-599-7588 to purchase tickets.

Champagne Cocktail Brunch at Giulietta’s Cantina Club (13 Carmine St) hosts a special New York Champagne Week Champagne Cocktail Brunch accompanied by live blues. Saturday, November 11 from 1 pm–4 pm. Call 212-206-9777 to make a reservation.

Bulle de Rêve

All the fine French Champagne that will flow during Champagne Week will be quality, but while you’re out and about enjoying the celebration of all things bubbly, keep an eye for the opportunity to try Bulle de Rêve – French for Dream Bubble. The label was launched by Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 40 under 40 alum & New York Champagne Week founder Blaine Ashley along with third-generation family-owned Champagne house Champagne Lombard.  This limited edition Champagne is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir 100% from the French village of Grande Montagne de Reims.